Apple has built a great music store, but it’s not enough to get me to switch.
For the cost of a “CD” from Apple’s music store, I can by a real CD from Amazon.
Apple’s CD has DRM built in. A real CD isn’t copy protected (yet).
Apple’s CD doesn’t come with liner notes and lyrics. A real CD has all its information.
Apple’s CD uses 128bit lossy compression. A real CD sounds better.
Apple’s CD can only be played back on iPods. A real CD can be made to play back on all MP3 players, including iPods.
A lot of Apple CD’s don’t have all the tracks. A real CD has all the tracks of the original (and sometimes more).
David Galbraith is right that Apple’s music store hasn’t changed the economics of the music business. It may be a big step forward, but until the business itself is changed, consumers are still going to take it in the neck. In the meantime, I intend to insist on physical CD’s without DRM.